WMS Friday Forecast

August 23, 2019 - Week 2

Dear Parents:

One of our primary focuses this year at Wredling is kindness. We sometimes see that schools reflect society and we want to make sure that our kids focus on what it means to be kind.


There are many ways for our students to show kindness:


  1. Do something nice for someone who will not expect it
  2. Donate food for a food pantry or items for an animal shelter
  3. Stop someone from being mean on social media
  4. Put a sticky note one someone's locker with a positive message

Talking at the dinner table about kindness is important. Ask them what they can do to spread kindness and in what ways can they stop unkindness. And modeling kindness for our kids makes a big difference.


The main area we now see the most unkindness being shown is over social media. Setting clear expectations and monitoring their online activities can give you the opportunity to do some teaching about kindness in your family.


Thank you-


Tim

Half-Day Schedule and Activities on August 30, 2019

Friday, August 30, is our first half-day of school. Student dismissal will be at 12:10 PM. Here are a few notes for the day:



  • Students will not have have a lunch period but can opt to receive a bag lunch (see the email sent out yesterday 8-23-19) that they will take home with them.
  • As this is our first half-day, we are not sure how fast buses will show-up. Expect that they may be late.
  • This day will be our "safety day" where we a practice fire drill, a bad weather drill, and a lock-down drill.
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A NOTE ABOUT ATTENDANCE

  1. All absences must be called in with detailed information, including:
    • who is calling and their return phone number,
    • the date of the absences,
    • your student's ID number (if you have it) and,
    • the reason for the absences. It is especially helpful if you speak slowly and spell your child's last name.
    • Please note- we cannot accept emailed absences.

  2. If you know in advance that your child will be absent for more than two days (three days or more), please use the Prearranged Absence Form. That will allow us to mark your child excused without you having to call it in. Ideally, we would like these forms completed and brought to the office 2-3 days before your child is absent from school.


Thank you for helping us keep accurate records of attendance for our students!

Band/Choir/Orchestra Absences:

If your child is in a combination of band/choir/or orchestra, essentially splitting their schedule between two classes, they may sometimes be marked absent for one while they are at the other. You may get a call about this absence, but this is nothing to worry about. We are working with our registrar to fix their schedules, but they may still sometimes be marked absent based on the need of a teacher to have them more frequently due to a concert of special event. Please do not be alarmed- it just means they were in the other course and we will fix it on our end during the day.

LATE BUSSES

Beginning this Thursday we started tracking which buses going home are chronically late. Once we have a handle on that, we work with our transportation department to attempt to resolve any issues. Last year we had two late buses that left at approximately 3:50 PM and we were not able to resolve those two late buses due to their elementary routes.


Next year we think this will all be solved as we change hours for our elementary schools. This change should allow for the feeder school buses to be at WMS earlier than before.

WREDLING CLUBS

Find a club to join!

WMS Breakfast Information

Get your day off to a great start! We now have breakfast available in the Cafeteria here at Wredling. The cost will be $1.60 for the meal option. There will also be a variety of a la carte items available. Get your day off to a great start!
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Wredling Activity Calendar

We are still adding dates!

SEL - Social Emotional Learning

We will regularly feature our Social Emotional Learning information in our Friday Forecast.
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Looking to help out a local cause?

Consider donating items to a recently graduated North Star as she works to complete her Girl Scout Gold Award! Brigid Millette is seeking donations of items to include in "stress-relief kits" that will be donated to schools in D303 in order to give students an opportunity to de-stress and work on healthy coping mechanisms.


New or gently used items are greatly appreciated. Donation boxes are located near the front entrances of North High School, East High School, and Thompson Middle School, and donations will be accepted through the end of August.


See the flyer included below for a list of items! THANK YOU!!!

WMS Families

Several years ago I was the principal at a high-poverty school. One of the signs of poverty is that there is a lack of reading and books in the home simply because books are expensive.


We are helping one of my past teachers to get books into the hands of her 4th graders and the students in her school using the Scholastic Books order form. Our donations help her build literacy and the love of reading that many of our WMS students have.


This is where you can help: For only $9 per child ($1 per month for a FULL school year. (Any multiple of $9 works... it just increases the number of kids you will have helped.) If you are interested in sponsoring a child (or more) you can help by sending in a check made out to "Scholastic Book Club" and dropping the check here at the WMS office. There is absolutely no pressure to do this.


Thank you to those who have already donated and also to those who will choose to do so. Our goal is to inspire children one book at a time!


Tim

Wredling PTO Website

Pay your dues or sign up to volunteer

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Click the link below for more information and register for the Color Run

https://www.wredlingpto.org/colorrun

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!

We had a successful Material Pick-Up thanks to our many volunteers. Additionally, our first few days of school were made much easier for our newest students as our Red Shirts came and provided assistance. Our school relies heavily on our volunteers to be able to cover these types of large events. We are so appreciative of each and every contribution of time/materials. Thank you to all of you.


OPENING DAYS VOLUNTEERS:

Kelly Hadfield, Al Watts, Amy Wollack, Ananya Yammanuru, Barb Staker, Carrie Koziol, Clint Van Langingham, Cris Kennedy, Deanna Leslie, Denise Call, Diane Wachowski, Doug Denz,

Erika Mannerick, Gracia Diaz, Heather Harrill, Holli Beall, Jackie Techter, Jen Auriemma, Jennifer Howe, Jody Wesner, Joyce Catozza, Kerry Hollar, Kim Barnum, Laura Musich, Laurie Lyons, Lisa Weier, Lori Muehling, Malissa Nelson, Marisa Burch, Mark Wachowski, Michella Tanig, Mirella Newman, Misty Nanna, Morty and Rick, Nicole Wang, Nikki McCall, Patty Barone, Tammy Riddiford, Tiffany Cassata, Tobey Bartel, and Yesenia Martinez


PE VOLUNTEERS:

Angie Miki, Jackie Techter, Jennifer Dobinson, Joyce Catozza, Liz Umlauf, Lucyna Olechny,

Michelle Giesecke, Roberta Lee, and Tracy Dullea


During the Materials Pick-Up, we had a volunteer raffle going for those who volunteered. Parent Tricia Sabathne was our winner so her daughter received lunch with three friends.

Community Events & Information

Washington DC/New York Trip

Any 8th-grade student interested in the Washington DC trip should contact Mr. Massie - 6th Grade Social Studies teacher.


Informational meeting: Wednesday, Sept 11 3.45pm, room 205 (students may attend without parents)


  • What: 8th-grade spring break trip to Washington DC and New York City
  • When: March 30-April 3, 2020
  • Cost: $1750 (includes flights, hotel, food, admission, tour guides, tips, etc.) payment plans available


Ready to go? https://portal.brightsparktravel.com/


Tour Code: TNJ3U8T


Contact info: Mr. Massie 331.224.5137

timothy.massie@d303.org

  • Contact for sample itinerary and payment plans info


Highlights: National Monuments, Smithsonian Museums, Holocaust Museum, Supreme Court, Capitol Tour, Arlington Cemetery, Library of Congress, 30 Rock rooftop, Statue of Liberty cruise, 9/11 memorial, Broadway show, Times Square, Central Park, and more…


CLICK HERE to view a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

September 7, 2019 - Fox Mill 5K & 1-Mile Color Run/Walk Honoring Kayla Lehmann

Please join us for the Fox Mill 5K & 1-Mile Color Run/Walk on September 7, 2019 honoring Kayla Lehmann. Kayla, who passed away on April 7, 2018, was a St. Charles East freshman who was passionate about music while also being an avid reader and gifted writer. Proceeds from this year's race will benefit Kayla's Hope (www.kaylashope.org), a foundation that seeks to take away the stigma of depression and mental illness so that no one has to suffer in silence. For more information, to register, or to make a donation, please visit www.foxmill5k.com.

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